How Does VEGAS Pro 15 Compare to Adobe Premiere, Apple FCP X, Avid Media Composer and More?

Watch the video to understand the distinct advantages VEGAS Pro brings to serious video editors

I have used VEGAS Pro for more than ten years, and a big part of the reason I use it as my “go-to” NLE above any other choice is that it really is a comprehensive all-in-one set of tools. It actually lets you finish the whole project from the beginning to the end within one software package. Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve are all great in their own way, but they all have shortcomings that force users to rely on other tools to finish their project. VEGAS Pro is the NLE of choice for many editors because they can do everything they need to in this single tool, all while being more customizable with features that no other NLE can match.

To showcase some of these distinctions and advantages, I’ve put together videos that lay out a few basic elements in VEGAS Pro to get you familiar with the workspace and default layout, explored some VEGAS Pro Editing Basics and took viewers through the palette full of video effects in VEGAS Pro. Those videos are a great place for anyone unfamiliar with the tool to start, but I want to show you how VEGAS Pro stacks up with the competition in plain detail. To see some of these distinctions for yourself, watch the video below to get a better understanding of the customization options that are available, which features in VEGAS Pro are distinct, how simple it is to make adjustments to your setup and plenty more.

This video should give you a real sense of the power and capabilities of many of the features in VEGAS Pro, but of course it’s just a brief look at how and why the NLE stands out when compared to some of the other options. At a very high level, VEGAS Pro is easier to learn and understand than any other NLE out there, and can be handled by anyone. For an even better sense of what these differences and distinctions look like when compared to the competition, take a look at the chart below.

FeatureVEGAS ProAdobe PremiereAvid Media Composer 8Apple Final Cut Pro XDa Vinci Resolve
Ease of Use   
Application Scripting  
Customizable User Interface     
Full-featured DAW on broadcast level 
A broad selection of top-notch video effects    
Hi-class DVD/Blu-ray Disc authoring  
Best value-for-money pricing     

Some of the info in this chart might be a matter of perspective and preference, but it nonetheless lays out the sort of capabilities and expectations that any professional editor should have from their NLE. In the video above, I made a conscious effort to show you how the ability to customize your interface is unmatched, but all of the NLEs listed are customizable to one degree or another. However, VEGAS Pro has specific features and functions that provide indisputable advantages which are not available in any other system.

As an example of something that is completely unique to VEGAS Pro, the hamburger menus give users the ability to define their visible button sets throughout the application. It’s just one of the features that makes the VP user interface far more flexible and customizable than Premiere, FCP X, or Avid.

To further illustrate the kind of innovation you’ll find in the system, look no further than the scripting features, which have been available in VEGAS Pro for many years now. This feature allows users to write or buy a script that automates just about anything you can do in VP. Editors can automate repetitive tasks, such as adding a fade-in/fade-out to 100 events in a timeline.

And of course, no other NLE provides a digital audio workstation feature set as robust as the tools in VEGAS Pro, and I’m not aware of anyone who uses Premiere, FCP X, or Avid as an audio-only tool.

All in all, VEGAS Pro has capabilities that are not available in any other NLE along with features that are just as powerful if not more so than the competition. The modern intuitive user interface and organic timeline-editing workflow delivers a completely customizable experience that provides the ultimate flexibility. It’s been designed with professional users in mind, to support our preferred workflow. That’s something you can see and feel after spending even a little bit of time with it.

That’s me though. I use VEGAS Pro a lot for my independent filmmaking, music and corporate videos, but will it work for you? That’s impossible to say, but since you can find out for free, I can guarantee that making the effort will be worth your time.


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Bobby B. Grubic is a multi-regional Emmy Award Winner, and recipient of numerous production and marketing awards. Bobby’s creative development, directing and production experience includes: TV commercial productions, documentaries, biographies, film and Internet/Online video projects…

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David M. Sharp
As the author said the chart is a matter of perspective and preference, however, I ardently believe he got the “Fully featured DAW on the broadcast level” wrong. Resolve has Fairlight which is plenty powerful. FCPX has every plugin from Logic X available to it, albeit it works in a different way (it is FCPX after all) it still can get the job done easily. And similarly Premiere pro can do everything Audition can do, and I have seen plenty of people use it for TV. “Best Value for the Money” I feel the author is off the mark again.… Read more »
Al B.
Al B.
This is a nothing more than a marketing video. First off, I spent thousands of dollars on Vegas products and I used Vegas for many years before switching to Adobe on WIndows, *on the same machine*. I actually loved the Vegas interface. I liked the NLE in many ways. But Vegas crashed almost every time I spent time on it. My machine was a high end video production computer, with 32 GBs RAM (at the time more than enough RAM for anything), and a high end graphics card from Nvidia. I was editing relatively simple multicamera documentary work. No efx… Read more »
Dustin Farnum
Dustin Farnum

I started using Vegas when it was a Sonic Foundry product. I was using Adobe Premiere and audio was terrible. I found Vegas and have used it ever since, almost 20 years now. The guys who developed it in Madison were the best.

like many, i started using vegas from its sonic days. from version 6 i started using it commercially and did so till i wobbled with 11, but still continued recommending it to my students whenever i taught. however, since it’s sale to magix i found both 14 and 15 had become unstable, not to mention confusing with their pricing structure and ‘expensive’ upgrades, that, along with ‘free’ plugins and ofx packages that don’t necessarily work in all versions. although i made a good living with vegas i was always conscious of the competition and regularly tried the alternatives out, with… Read more »
I was a Vegas fanatic for years. Cutting with it was so quick and easy. I used it as my DAW for years as well, running through a stack of Presonus FireStudios. Then…..things went awry. It got sloppy and unpredictable. The thing that ticked me off the most was when they changed the color picker and moved away from standard RGB numbers. Dumb move. Just dumb. I also begged them for years to make a Mac version. They only did this with Sound Forge, which they sold off anyway. I switched to FCPX, which sucked at first, but got better,… Read more »

The price looks right the features seem pretty good too but what would personally get me over the line would be native editing of DJI’s Phantom 4 Pro footage without having to pre-render, plus being able to save files out as Pro Res. None of the other NLE’s edit P4Pro files natively either as far as I know. I’m also concerned about investing in software that might not keep up to pace with future developments.